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  1. For King (but not necessarily country): Exhibition examines life at St John’s during the English Civil War

    For King (but not necessarily country): Exhibition examines life at St John’s during the English Civil War As part of the Cambridge Festival of Ideas, documents offering a glimpse of how much of the University of Cambridge found itself on the wrong side of the English Civil War are…

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  2. The astronomer and the witch: How one of history’s great scientists saved his mother from burning at the stake

    The astronomer and the witch: How one of history’s great scientists saved his mother from burning at the stake The dramatic story of how Johannes Kepler saved his own mother from being burned as a witch is told in full in a new book by Professor Ulinka Rublack, which reveals the…

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  3. St John’s to host events at the Cambridge Festival of Ideas

    St John’s to host events at the Cambridge Festival of Ideas Two weeks of free talks, film screenings and exhibitions for the public will start at St John’s on Monday, 19 October, as the College hosts a wide range of events taking place as part of the annual Cambridge Festival of…

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  4. Prince William opens St John’s College Archive Centre

    Prince William opens St John’s College Archive Centre His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge has returned to St John’s College at the University of Cambridge to open a new, state-of-the-art facility for some of its most historically important and precious archives.The visit,…

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  5. The war that fed itself - and the hollow democracy it left behind

    The war that fed itself - and the hollow democracy it left behind The voices of ordinary people who lived through Angola’s devastating, 27-year civil war have been captured in a damning study by College Research Associate, Dr Justin Pearce. His work reassesses both how the conflict…

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  6. Professor David Clines awarded British Academy Medal

    Professor David Clines awarded British Academy Medal Johnian Professor David Clines, Emeritus Professor of Biblical Studies at the University of Sheffield, has been awarded the Burkitt Medal for Biblical Studies by the British Academy.Professor David Clines, who read Oriental…

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  7. Hinsley Memorial Lecture to be given by General Sir Mike Jackson

    Hinsley Memorial Lecture to be given by General Sir Mike Jackson The 15th Hinsley Memorial Lecture, held at St John’s College, will focus on the refugee crisis and UK defence.The annual lecture will take place on 4 November at the Old Divinity School, St John’s College, and will be…

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  8. Hospitality inspiration from China

    Hospitality inspiration from China With the need to develop strong links with China now a priority for many UK universities, Catering and Conference Manager Bill Brogan recently undertook a fact-finding tour of the country that could see fresh ideas influencing the way the College…

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  9. Dr Samuel Cohen’s Alzheimer’s talk features on TED homepage

    Dr Samuel Cohen’s Alzheimer’s talk features on TED homepage “Alzheimer’s is not normal ageing and we can cure it.” A recent talk given by St John’s Research Fellow Dr Samuel Cohen about his work on Alzheimer’s has been featured on the TED homepage.A TED talk given by Dr Sam Cohen…

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  10. Professor David White elected to the Royal Academy of Engineering

    Professor David White elected to the Royal Academy of Engineering Johnian Professor David White has been elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Academy of Engineering.Professor DavidWhite, formerly a Fellow of St John’s College, was one of 50 new Fellows elected to the Academy in…

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  11. Judging Chopin: notes from the jury

    Judging Chopin: notes from the jury As 82 of the world’s most accomplished young pianists gather in Poland for the 17th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition, Juror and College Fellow Professor John Rink reflects on the challenges and rewards of selecting the winning…

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  12. Package tour to Mecca? How the Hajj became an essential part of the British calendar

    Package tour to Mecca? How the Hajj became an essential part of the British calendar This week, millions of Muslims make the annual pilgrimage to Mecca known as the Hajj. A new study by College Fellow John Slight reveals how, in the age of Empire, the spiritual journey became a…

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  13. Future biotech leaders invited to apply for GapSummit 2016.

    Future biotech leaders invited to apply for GapSummit 2016. Young researchers and entrepreneurs with a passion for biotechnology are being invited to apply for a place at a major, international gathering at St John’s, which aims to kick-start new collaborations and innovations in…

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  14. Study highlights possible knowledge gap over effects of some diabetes drugs

    Study highlights possible knowledge gap over effects of some diabetes drugs A team of researchers led by College Fellow Graham Ladds have revealed why there are still some pressing unknowns relating to a very promising group of anti-diabetic drugs. A gap in scientific knowledge…

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  15. The Revd Professor John Emerton, 1928-2015

    The Revd Professor John Emerton, 1928-2015 The Revd Professor John Emerton FBA, Emeritus Regius Professor of Hebrew at the University of Cambridge and Fellow of St John’s College, has died at the age of 87.Born in London, Professor Emerton studied at Corpus Christi College in…

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  16. St John’s “Access Bus” to visit schools in Shropshire

    St John’s “Access Bus” to visit schools in Shropshire Young people from across Shropshire are being invited to discover more about university life through a first-of-its-kind roadshow, organised by St John’s.Starting today (Monday, 14 September), the St John’s College “Access Bus”…

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  17. Exam stress 19th century style, revealed in Victorian student’s diary

    Exam stress 19th century style, revealed in Victorian student’s diary A diary of a 19th century undergraduate, which provides a rare insight into the life of a Cambridge student, is among the items going on public display at St John’s College this weekend for Open Cambridge.If you…

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  18. Bills, Bills, Bills

    Bills, Bills, Bills This invoice, dating from the late nineteenth century, is a pro forma found in the account books of the classicist John Edwin Sandys who was elected a Fellow of St John's in 1867. When he became a tutor in 1870, Sandys took charge not only of the academic life…

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  19. Scientists "squeeze" light one particle at a time

    Scientists "squeeze" light one particle at a time A team of scientists led by College Fellow Mete Atature have measured a bizarre effect in quantum physics, in which individual particles of light are said to have been “squeezed” – an achievement which at least one…

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  20. Graduating students give back to St John’s in fundraising campaign

    Graduating students give back to St John’s in fundraising campaign More than half of all graduands participated in this year’s Go Forward, Give Back fundraising campaign in order to unlock thousands of pounds to support future undergraduates.Students were asked to donate what…

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  21. Cambridge strikes a chord with gifted young vocalists

    Cambridge strikes a chord with gifted young vocalists Talented young singers will experience the life of a Choral Scholar as part of an intensive course of musical training at St John’s College, finishing with a live broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on Sunday 30 August. Some of Britain’s…

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  22. Dr Reginald Prince, 1927-2015

    Dr Reginald Prince, 1927-2015 Dr Reginald Prince, Fellow in Chemistry at St John’s since 1960, has died at the age of 88.Born in Newport, Monmouthshire, Dr Prince was awarded a BSc and a PhD from University College London, and he came to Cambridge in 1956 to further pursue his…

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  23. Professor Ben Simons awarded Gabor Medal 2015

    Professor Ben Simons awarded Gabor Medal 2015 Professor Ben Simons has been awarded the Royal Society’s Gabor Medal for his ground-breaking work on understanding stem cell division and tissue renewal. Two former Fellows of the College have meanwhile also received awards from the…

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  24. Price of Britain’s Slave Trade revealed

    Price of Britain’s Slave Trade revealed Letters and papers revealing in detail how human beings were priced for sale during the 18th century Transatlantic Slave Trade have been made available to researchers and the public.Letters discussing the value and sale of slaves in the 18th…

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  25. David Nobbs: Beaufort Society speech

    David Nobbs: Beaufort Society speech Following the death of comedy writer and Johnian David Nobbs, we republish a speech that he gave at a Beaufort Society meeting at St John’s College in 2010.Comedy writer and Johnian David Nobbs, who came to St John’s as a student in 1955 to…

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